Brick memories (2017)

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Historically, Durham, North Carolina is known as a tobacco industry town. However, the local textile industry once rivaled tobacco as the biggest industry in the county. The Durham Hosiery Mill Company (DHM), under the leadership of Julian S. Carr and his sons, grew to be a major player in the global hosiery market. A confluence of factors led to the dissolution of DHM, along with the wider North Caorlina textile industry, including the rise in popularity of silk hosiery over the nylon ones made in Durham, and the shrinking costs of overseas manufacturing. These companies shuttered decades ago. Of their structures, their skeletons, their brick warehouses with tall window, still stand. Others, like Durham Hosiery Mill No. 2, were long ago razed.

The models in this exhibit were created through the technique of photogrammetry. Photogrammetry uses image matching algorithms to align many images of an object or space into a 3D model. These algorithms are imperfect, and they fail to succeed on reflective surfaces or when capturing motion. This creates an interesting, surreal effect.

This project raises questions about how our future selves will view and review the choices of the past, and what will be forgotten in the demolition. Do the bricks remember? Will we?

Source: (PDF) State of North Carolina Division of Archives and History: Individual Property Form For Durham Hosiery Mills No. 2 / Service Printing Company Building, 1984